Tenor Saxophonist Adam Roberts is an in-demand musician and educator. He performs and records on saxophones, guitars, flutes, and clarinets in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, funk, classical and pop. He performs with many local groups including Running From Bears, The Doublers Collective, The Nash Composers’ Coalition, as well his own groups Mr. Trio and the Adam Roberts Quartet. He has performed with Gunther Schuller on his world premiere of “Encounters”, with the Downbeat Award-winning NEC Jazz Orchestra at the IAJE Festival in 2004, jazz legend George Russell on a performance of The African Game, and Joe Lovano playing nonet arrangements from his 52nd Street Themes and On This Day at the Vanguard recordings.
Adam is a seasoned music educator with over a decade of public school, college and private instruction. Adam is the Saxophone Instructor at Glendale Community College, director of the Wednesday Little Big Band at Paradise Valley Community College, and is the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at the Arizona School for the Arts, a Blue Ribbon Arts Charter School in downtown Phoenix. He also runs workshops and clinics around the valley on subjects ranging from jazz improvisation to rehearsal techniques.
Adam holds 3 music degrees in both performance and education, including a Masters from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with a wide array of teachers including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Danilo Perez, and Joel DiBartolo among others.
Adam is very active in composition and transcription, writing original jazz, funk and rock works as well as arranging jazz standards, Radiohead songs and the horn charts for AZ-local soul sensation The Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce. He is also a skilled copyist with an extensive knowledge of Finale. Some of his work can be found in Jerry Bergonzi’s celebrated Inside Improvisation series, Vol. 7: Hexatonics.